Couple of interesting things concerning MJ’s life and death floating around:
- The unauthorized interview of Michael Jackson (1983)
See him talk about life and art on his Neverland Ranch, one year after the release of Thriller (109 million copies sold). He comes over as a very fragile, childlike kind of person. The second part shows him imitating his favourite musical scenes, for no particular reason at all. He just starts to sing and tilt his head like Julie Andrews. Weird. And sad, in a disconnected kind of way. The fountain makes some questions hard to understand, apparently it was his favourite place. At least he had a favourite place.
- Michael Jackson goes shopping - private home video
All he ever wanted was a normal life. So they closed down a shopping mall, dressed up his relatives as “normal people” and sent him shopping. Surreal. “It’s my dream to be in a supermarket, walk around and put things in a basket.” Cue Pulp’s common people.
- Quincy Jones remembers Michael
Quincy Jones, producer of such hit records as Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad, shares his fondest memories:
Q: I’ve heard you say that you wanted Michael to sing “She’s Out of My Life,” the great pop ballad from Off the Wall, in part because you felt like he had to deal with reality.
A: I just wanted to hear him deal with a romantic relationship with a human being rather than a rat. I’m saying that facetiously, but it’s true. I saw him at the Oscars very emotional about “Ben.” I wanted to hear him get in touch with a real human relationship. “She’s Out of My Life” was written by Tommy Bahler from a very bad ending to a marriage. So it was very real. I was saving it for Sinatra. But I gave it to Michael. And Michael cried during every take, and I left the tears in.